Cull/Quarantine debate heats up

Amidst a law suit filed by journalists seeking first amendment access to the annual cull of bison, a public meeting will be held regarding a proposed bison quarantine program. Journalist Christopher Ketcham and environmental advocate Stephany Seay allege that the National Park Service has violated their and others First Amendment rights by restricting access to the annual bison culling operations that take place in Yellowstone National Park. The National Park Service has projected that between 600-900 bison will be killed this winter to reduce the Yellowstone herd of from 4,900 bison to 3,500. The lawsuit alleges that In the past access was granted to the slaughter facility, but in recent years has been restricted as controversy and outcry over the annual cull has grown. The goal of the program would be to establish a zone for bison to winter, and reduce or eliminate the number of Yellowstone bison killed in the annual cull. The meeting will be held on February 8, 2016 at the Yellowstone Association Headquarters in Gardiner, Montana from 6:00pm - 8:00pm Written comments may be submitted at the meeting or online here #reboot #news #buckrail